BECOME AS HE IS


"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."

// John 1:14

When we daily read from the Scriptures, we must ask ourselves, "What am I reading for? What do I think I'll get out of it?"  Sure, we can all be "good Christians" and read because we know it's the Christian thing to do, but Jesus rebuked the religious of His day for searching the Scriptures, thinking that in them they'd find everlasting life; He asserted this was folly. He corrected them by saying "but they [scriptures] speak of Me" (see John 5:39).  

See, if we read from obligation or if we study for "head knowledge," we miss the point. The Bible is a great, great gift to humanity, but it cannot eclipse encountering the Living Word, Jesus Himself. When we read, we should read as if we are sitting with the Author Himself (who in fact is with us, living inside).  If your favorite book's author were present, what would you ask?  How might you praise his storytelling, or celebrate her turns-of-phrase and wordsmithery?  What if we read the Scriptures dynamically, asking its Author questions and dialoging with Him, praising Him for His living words?

When we let the Scriptures come alive, by searching for Jesus in them, then we will find Him to be a Living Word. And what's more, we will realize that, as we read of Him, we are simultaneously reading about ourselves, for as He is, so also are we in this world (see 1 John 4:17).  For example, when we read of His tenderness in the Bible, and as it becomes a living experience to us because we are dialoguing with Him about it, then we become what we've seen in Him: more tender. That experiential dynamic is shot through with worship, for when we see His tenderness, we can worship Him. The glory of who He is, as we worship, will change us into a mirrored, living word of His tenderness; we become as He is.

Like Him, we are to become living words, full of all that we see in Him--especially grace with truth.

// Samuel Nicolosi